TAMIL NADU

Thumbs up for biometric attendance in govt offices

Cutting across party lines, members of Puducherry Assembly on Thursday demanded the introduction of biometric attendance system in all government offices to avoid late arrival of employees.

The issue, raised by G. Nehru alias Kuppusamy (All India N.R. Congress), occupied the centre stage of discussions in the Puducherry Assembly, which witnessed intense debate on this issue.

Initiating a discussion on the issue, he said the practice of convening review meetings or discussions in the morning hours deprived the public and elected representatives from meeting the officials concerned.

Hence, review meetings should only be conducted in the evening hours, he demanded.

Intervening, A. Anbazhagan (AIADMK) charged that more than 60 per cent of government employees in Puducherry do not come to the office properly. Though they were supposed to register their entry at 8.45am, most of them reported to their respective offices only after 10am. They would not be in the office for more than three hours a day. The issue should be viewed seriously, he said.

Malladi Krishna Rao (Congress) said that biometric attendance would be a better method to reduce complaints of late arrival. As a pilot project, it could be introduced in all government offices in Yanam region, he said. E. Valsaraj (Congress), P. Angalane (AINRC) and few more MLAs also insisted on biometric system to increase overall efficiency in government offices. Replying to the demand Chief Minister N. Rangasamy, thanking the members for their valuable suggestions, said, a right mechanism would be introduced soon after consulting Chief Secretary Chetan B. Sanghi.

“40% street lights not functioning”

Later, the House witnessed heated exchange between the members of Congress, AIADMK and the ruling AINRC over the malfunctioning of a large number of street lights and high mass towers.

P.R.N. Thirumurugan (Congress), who raised the issue, demanded a proper answer from the Chief Minister. Street lights were yet to be installed even at the tsunami residential areas in Karaikal, he charged.

Mr. Rangasamy said it was true that more than 40 per cent of street lights in the Union Territory were not functioning. A committee would discuss the issue to take corrective steps.